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Hartford to get bigger next week

HARTFORD, Mich. (AP) - The southwestern Michigan community of Hartford is about to get bigger.
   
The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports a 20-year conditional annexation deal between the city and Van Buren County's Hartford Township expires Tuesday.
   
Township land affected by the agreement officially will be annexed to the city.
   
Mayor Ted Johnson says he's excited to see Hartford grow, especially since the city is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
   
The expiration of the agreement will increase Hartford's size from about 1 square mile to about 1.4.